Monday, May 28, 2007


Most Christians are not Ken Ham

I wasn't going to say anything about the opening of the Creation “Museum”, but after reading some of the bloggery about it (a bunch of the posts that are linked here, as well as some others I found elsewhere) I feel a need to make a meta-comment — not about the “Museum”, but about the bloggery.

The problem is that a lot of the blogging is tarring all Christians with the Ken Ham brush. With epithets such as “lapdogs for Jesus”, some of the blogs are making a distinction between those who built or buy into this “glossy simulacrum of a museum”, as PZ Myers puts it, but many are not. So let's be clear:

Most Christians think this is as ridiculous as Dr Myers and I do. Yes. They do.

As must be true for any atheist in the US, at least, I work with, play with, enjoy the company of, respect, and like many people who believe in God, Jesus, and the bible. Most of them see the bible as stories, as guidance, not as literal, word-for-word truth (it's clear that its internal inconsistencies are such that it can't be taken literally). Most of them accept science, and seek to advance scientific knowledge.

It's important that we make sure that the children who are exposed to this thing understand that it's a religious institution, not a real museum. It's also important that we not accuse everyone around us of being the kind of deranged nutjob that Ken Ham and his followers are.


1 comment:

The Ridger, FCD said...

It would be easier if those around us spoke up loudly about how ridiculous Ham et al are.......